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Weekly Readings, June 16 Through June 30, 2013

Sorry I was not able to post last Sunday my weekly readings. This past week was Vacation Bible School at my church. I helped teach those children that have finished pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. We had an average of 7 children each day. All the children in Vacation Bible School are from our neighborhood which is a diverse multi-ethnic culture. Half of the neighborhood is African-American, the other half is made up of either Hispanic or Latino, Asian, and Caucasian. Most of the members of my church are older white people. It is a traditional church. It is not a church where most people my age would want to visit, much less become a member. 
One day last spring I just happened to be driving by this church, I visited the next Sunday's church service. My family and I joined Easter Sunday.
The only way I know how to express how I feel about this church is I have a godly love for it. A passionate love. A radical love.
I'm choosing to look past the outward appearance of the c…

Review: Name above All Names by Alistair Begg and Sinclair B. Ferguson

Title: Name above All Names
Author: Alistair Begg and Sinclair B. Ferguson
Publisher: Crossway May 31, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction
Labels: The Person and Work of Christ Jesus
Format: Hardcover
Age: Adult
Pages: 192
Rating: 5 Stars

Summary:
Author's Alistair Begg and Sinclair B. Ferguson state in the preface that their book covers, "only seven of the many descriptions of Jesus found in the Bible, and none of those descriptions is treated exhaustively." This book should be considered, "a taste, a beginning exploration." This "beginning exploration" is directed at a wide reading audience, from a new believer to a seasoned Christian. They are in hopes that this book will be looked at as a fresh approach to knowing Jesus as, Name above All Names.

"See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we now that when he appears we shal…

Weekly Readings, June 9 Through 15, 2013

During the week of June 9 through 15 I read (NKJV)
2 Samuel chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.
1 Kings chapters 1, 2, 3.
1 Corinthians chapters 1, 2.

I read Revelation for the 6th time this year, reading in the New Living Translation Study Bible edited by Warren Wiersbe.
Revelation chapters 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22.  Chapters 1 through 8 were read the previous week.

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength." Corrie Ten Boom"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt." Abraham Lincoln"Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory." William BarclayAre you reading your Bible?

Weekly Readings, June 2 Through June 8, 2013

This past week I read:
1 Samuel chapters 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31. 
Job chapters 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42.

I only have 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, and 1 and 2 Chronicles, then I'll finish the OT. I'm hoping to to complete this by the end of June.

I read in the NT, Revelation chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8---reading from the New Living Translation Study Bible.

"Communicating is not only about what to say. It's about how to say it.""God will most often take the message we're writing and prove us genuine."                     Beth Moore

Are you reading your Bible?

Review: Growing Disciples Organically, The Jesus Method of Spiritual Formation by Don Detrick

Title: Growing Disciples Organically, The Jesus Method of Spiritual Formation
Author: Don Detrick
Publisher: Deep River Books May 16, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction
Labels: Discipleship, Christian Living, Church Growth, Culture
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 192
Rating: 5 Stars

Summary:
"In my lifelong pursuit of becoming a more devoted disciple of Jesus, I have indeed recognized that my hunger to hear God's Word is proportionate to the depth of my relationship with him at any given time. This is but one of many life lessons that have informed me that discipleship is relational, it is cyclic, it is perpetual. In a word, it is organic."  From the foreword by Les WelkGrowing Disciples Organically, The Jesus Method of Spiritual Formation, was written by author Don Detrick, who as a youth grew up working on the family farm. He understands the fundamental knowledge of farming, the everyday relationship of farming, the hard work of farming, and that a farm is a living organic li…

Review: The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen

Title: The Tutor's Daughter
Author: Julie Klassen
Publisher: Bethany House January 2013
Genre: Fiction
Labels: Regency Era, England, Romance, Mystery, Gothic Fiction, Romantic Period
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 416
Rating: 5 Stars


Authors site:
http://www.julieklassen.com/

Summary:
1817
John Smallwood is a teacher, and he has been invited to teach two brothers Julian and Rowan Weston, in their home at Ebbington Manor, in Cornwall, England. Several years ago John Smallwood, had been a busy teacher at his Smallwood Academy, but business is slow and he is in need of students. He'd taught the older brothers Henry and Phillip Weston several years ago at his Smallwood Academy. John and his daughter Emma age 21, except the teaching job. John and Emma travel from their home in Devonshire, to Ebbington Manor, in Cornwall, England. After arriving, Emma feels as if the family is cool towards her and her father. Strange noises begin to happen in the late hours of the night. Emma,…

Weekly Readings, May 26 Through June 1, 2013

This past week I read:
1 Samuel chapters 3.
Nehemiah chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. 
Esther chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. 
Job chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. 

This is the last week for the mini-challenge in May hosted by Becky @ Operation Actually Read Bible.
During the month of May, she and I have been reading Psalm 139, and other verses that coordinate with
"How God sees us." NOT. "How we see ourselves." To me this is a wonderful and beautiful study. Focusing on "How God sees me." NOT. "How I see myself."
This past week I read:
Psalm 139 twice.
Romans chapter 8 once. 
I read all of the book of Romans chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. 

"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength."